Caeleb Dressel: “Going out’s been my problem lately” (Interview)

Produced by Coleman Hodges. 

Reported by Jared Anderson.


  1. Caeleb Dressel, FLOR – 44.80
  2. Logan Rysemus, LSU – 45.59
  3. Arthur Mendes, AUB – 45.98

Make it 2-for-2 for Caeleb Dresselwho’s been the star of this meet individually. The Florida sophomore went a lifetime-best 44.80 to break the SEC meet record and his own pool record.

That time jumps to the NCAA lead, unseating defending NCAA champ Joseph Schooling of Texas. Dressel could potentially swap out the 100 fly for the 100 breast at NCAAs, but tonight’s big swim suggests he might be able to challenge the Longhorn duo of Schooling and Jack Conger (44.51 and 44.55 last year) in the butterfly race. Dressel’s time would have been third at last year’s NCAAs and is just seven tenths off the American record.

LSU’s Logan Rysemus came up with a huge swim of his own to take second overall. The junior was 45.59, a new lifetime-best and ranked #4 in the NCAA behind Dressel and the Longhorns.

Arthur Mendes also got under 46 for Auburn at 45.98, a tick off his prelims swim as Auburn continues to run in second place as a team, now more than 100 points ahead of Georgia.

Florida’s Jan Switkowski touched out Georgia’s Pace Clark for fourth, 46.16 to 46.17. Behind them, LSU’s Alex Linge dropped three tenths to win his own touchout, 46.36 to 46.39 over Missouri’s Andrew Sansoucie.

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8 years ago

looking at the race he did not have the monstrous underwater like the texas flyers he looked so powerful on surface possibly a good sign for lc

8 years ago

20.44 is a crazy fast front-end. I think the fastest anyone’s done a 50 fly is around 20.40

8 years ago

I wish god helped me swim fast too.

Tom from Chicago
8 years ago

If he keeps it up, his signature message on his cheek will be worth million$ if he makes the Olympics.

8 years ago

He needs to stop going out. Swimmers need their rest and he clearly doesn’t understand that. That is why Josh Prenot is a better swimmer. Make more articles about him please.

Jamuel S. Lackson
Reply to  Obvious
8 years ago

Please tell me you’re joking. Or at least that you didn’t watch the video. He meant “going out” as in taking his races out quickly. He also literally said he was going back to their hotel to rest….

Reply to  Jamuel S. Lackson
8 years ago

No Dressel clearly doesn’t understand that he needs to rest, I mean 44.80 was he still drunk or something? Oh wait…

Jake From State Farm
Reply to  Obvious
8 years ago

As someone who swam with Caeleb at Florida for a year the kid doesn’t need to go out and drink to have fun. He is the most professional and responsible athlete that I have ever swam with at UF and Florida had a pretty studly post grad group in 2012 to compare him to.

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